Midday with Dan Rodricks

Monday-Friday, Noon-2 pm

Midday is WYPR's daily public affairs program heard from noon-2pm, Monday-Friday.  Hosted by longtime Baltimore Sun columnist Dan Rodricks, topics range from the latest news, to local and national politics, to social, medical and cultural trends, featuring the best new books and most engaging authors, newsmakers and guests.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Fri. Mar. 13, 1-2 P.M.
8:30 am
Fri March 13, 2015

The Underground Girls of Kabul

In Afghan culture, there is a hidden practice called "bacha posh," in which parents raise their daughters as sons to afford them the freedom denied to them as females and to protect family status. Award-winning journalist Jenny Nordberg chronicles the phenomenon in, "The Underground Girls of Kabul: In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan."

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Fri. Mar. 13, 12-1 P.M.
8:27 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Money and Kids

Ron Leiber writes the "Your Money" column for the New York Times.

From setting an allowance to discussing how to pay for college, conversations about money can be a tricky part of parenting. Ron Lieber, personal finance columnist for The New York Times, has tips for teaching your children to save and spend responsibly. He is the author of “The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous, and Smart About Money.” Original air date: 2/11/15.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Thurs. Mar. 12, 1-2 P.M.
8:23 am
Thu March 12, 2015

Age of Anxiety

Scott Stossel, editor of The Atlantic and author of “My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind,” explores the disorder’s place in psychology and society, and his lifelong struggle to overcome debilitating fear. Original air date: 2/24/15.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Thurs. Mar. 12, 12-1 P.M
8:20 am
Thu March 12, 2015

Midday on Religion

We tackle three religion-related stories this hour. First, Donald Kraybill, an expert on Amish culture, examines the spate of violent attacks that took place in Ohio in 2011 that involved nine Amish victims in, "Renegade Amish: Beard Cutting, Hate Crimes, and the Trial of the Bergolz Barbers." Then, we hear from Craig Harline about his experiences as a Mormon missionary. And religious commentator Lerone A.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Wed. Mar. 11, 1-2 P.M.
1:35 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

A History of the GOP

Boston College history professor Heather Cox Richardson traces the evolution of the GOP from its founding by President Abraham Lincoln to its modern day incarnation in, "To Make Men Free: A History of the Republican Party."

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Wed. Mar. 11, 12-1 P.M.
1:04 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

Hopkins Research

Drug overdose death rates in the United States have more than tripled since 1990, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

One hour, four studies -- what Americans spend on Lyme Disease treatment; a possible connection between medical marijuana and reductions in overdose deaths from prescribed drugs; primary care doctors prescribing fewer opioids; public attitudes toward people with drug addictions. All research conducted by staff of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Original air date: 2/11/15.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tues. Mar. 10, 1-2 P.M.
11:03 am
Tue March 10, 2015

Our Sense of Touch

Why does mint cool your tongue while chili peppers burn it? How long does it take for the pain of a stubbed toe to reach your brain? David Linden, Johns Hopkins neuroscientist and New York Times bestselling author, explores these mysteries in “Touch: The Science of the Hand, Heart and Mind.”

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tues, Mar. 10, 12-1 P.M.
10:55 am
Tue March 10, 2015

How Parole Works

A parole board meeting in Dayton, Ohio.

Following up on last week's Midday hour on parole in Maryland, David R. Blumberg, chair of the Maryland Parole Commission, joins Dan to explain the state's parole system, its history and mission, and to talk about the commission members and how they evaluate inmates eligible for release from Maryland prisons.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Mon. Mar. 9, 1-2 P.M.
11:03 am
Mon March 9, 2015

Whatever Happened to Occupy Wall Street?

Labor historian Steve Fraser looks at the state of the union today and wonders: What happened to populist outrage over the financial excesses that caused the Great Recession, income inequality and the concentration of wealth and power in the hands of the 1 percent? Fraser is the author of “The Age of Acquiescence: The Life and Death of American Resistance to Organized Wealth and Power."

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Mon. Mar. 9, 12-1 P.M.
11:00 am
Mon March 9, 2015

Death with Dignity

Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old woman with terminal brain cancer, drew national attention when she announced her decision to move to Oregon to legally end her life.

Five states allow doctor to assist terminally ill patients in dying — Oregon, Washington, Montana, Vermont and New Mexico. As the Maryland General Assembly considers the issue, we take a look at both sides of the “right to die” debate.

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